Furniture Still Made in America!

Happy 4th of July!  In honor of the birth of America, we salute the furniture companies that are still proudly made in America.  The next time you need something for your home, consider a company made in America first!

Here are just a few of our favorites…

We wish you and your family a very happy Fourth!

 

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

 

American Leather

American Leather

American Leather

 

American Leather

American Leather

 

American Leather

American Leather

 

 

Gat Creek

 

Gat Creek

Gat Creek

 

Gat Creek

Gat Creek

 

Gat Creek

Gat Creek

 

Gat Creek

Gat Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowe Furniture

Rowe Furniture

Rowe Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

Rowe Furniture

 

 

Rowe Furniture

Rowe Furniture

 

 

 

Greige: The Hottest New Color?

Okay, I am obsessed!  Never one for the monochromatic, but I’m now a convert.  Grey can be too cold, and beige too blah….but put the two together and you get….GREIGE!!  Greige is the one of the hottest colors in interiors right now, and judging from the response I’ve seen, it may be here to stay.

Whether you opt for the monochromatic room, or want a few key pieces that will stand the test of time, griege may be your answer.  It works well with both cool and warm palates, so it’s versatile.

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Kravet has come out with some beautiful lines.  One of my favorites is the Jeffrey Alan Marks collection;  It mixes beautiful soft blues and greiges and works beautifully in a coastal setting.

Jeffrey Alan Marks for Kravet

Jeffrey Alan Marks for Kravet

 

 

Candice Olson collections have a little more formality as she incorporates an ever-so-slight sparkle into her fabrics.

Cadice Olson for Kravet

Cadice Olson for Kravet

 

 

We feature Bella Cottage A LOT in our blogs.  As you know, my daughter Jillian loves this shabby chic style, and I think she would decorate her whole house with Bella Cottage if she could! Everything is always so soft and romantic…what’s not to love!?

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

 

We spend a third of our lives “under the sheets”, so don’t skimp.  Using a neutral color means your bedding will last with your changing color schemes!  And simple bedding in a neutral color can go with just about any decor.

West Elm

West Elm

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

We’ve definitely hopped on the bandwagon of softly painted finishes.  Why go “off-white”?  Try Greige instead.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

Our new painted finish crush includes the chalk paint look, too.  I am determined to take an Annie Sloan class (maybe I can talk Jillian into joining me!) and do a blog of furniture before and after.  This greige paint is gorgeous!!

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Have you tried out this new color trend in your home?  Let us know if you’re loving it as much as we are!

Summer Window Treatments

Summer time means opening the windows and letting in the fresh, summer breeze.  It’s the perfect time to take down those heavy window treatments and lighten up with a fresh new palate.  Here are some of our favorites, that are priced to go easy on the wallet!

I was so inspired by a client who chose these gorgeous drapes from Pottery Barn, that I just couldn’t help myself to share with you my other favorite summer curtains!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill

Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

 

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GP&J Baker

 

The Shade Store

The Shade Store

 

 

What curtains do you use to make your home fresh and airy for summer?

Tiny Houses

Bigger is always better, right?  And it’s easier to design a big space than a small one, correct?  No and NO!  I’ve been intrigued with the trend towards “tiny houses”.  They are an architect’s wonder and a designer’s challenge.

How DO you put someone’s entire living space into one small room??  Here are some amazing examples of how small can be beautiful, functional, and inviting. From the most contemporary, to rustic, and everything in between… Take a look at some masters of this new trend! I love them all!

 

Contemporist

Contemporist

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Airbnb

Airbnb

 

 

Wandawega via House Beautiful

Wandawega via House Beautiful

 

 

Four Lights Tiny House Company

Four Lights Tiny House Company

 

 

Four Lights Tiny House Company

Four Lights Tiny House Company

 

 

Tiny House Blog

Tiny House Blog

 

 

Escape Traveler

Escape Traveler

 

 

Airbnb

Airbnb

 

 

Ron Rusnak via Treehugger

Ron Rusnak via Treehugger

 

So, what do you think?  Could you live in one of these homes?  I’d love hear from anyone that has one to tell us about their experience!

How to Fill That Empty Wall Space in Any Room

One thing that can be so hard to find is the proper wall decor for each room in the house.  Some rooms may need one large statement piece, while for others, you may prefer several smaller items.  Whether you are looking for banners, wallpaper, murals, paintings, mosaics, or storage, we’ve pulled a few of our favorite ideas to help inspire your walls!

 

 

A knit banner is such a different and fun way to decorate a more narrow space on your wall.  This could go great in a hallway or bedroom, depending on your style!

Langley Street via Wayfair

Langley Street via Wayfair

 

These murals are gorgeous to fill up some empty wall space.  As a statement piece, they would certainly perk up any room that is lacking a little life!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If you feel your wall needs a little bit of texture, try something like this piece from Pier 1.  The texture here will add some “pop” to a flat space, without being too loud, given its neutral tones.

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

One of my newe favorite products on the market are made by Stikwood.  If you love the look of natural wood, but want to have the ease of installing yourself and saving some serious dough, you have got to try these!  Peel, stick, and there you have it- the look AND texture of wood, just done easier!

Stikwood

Stikwood

 

Or, opt for some wallpaper that has the same look!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Short on space?  Try this mirror in your bathroom or bedroom, it can serve as both a mirror as well as a jewelry rack!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

The macramé look is back and better than ever!  I love these pieces for the bedroom, because they are super soft to lean back on (unlike a metal statement piece or rough headboard), and bring a relaxed look into the room.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

If you have a lot of knick knacks or plants, finding ways to organize them on your walls will save lots of space on your desks and inside your drawers.  How cute is this for a home in the mountains?  I love the way they’ve added plants for extra life!

Bourbon Moth via Etsy

Bourbon Moth via Etsy

 

Artaic makes such beautiful tile mosaics, and one of these tile murals would be perfect to fill that larger wall space.

Artaic

Artaic

 

Connie Kolman’s custom work never ceases to amaze me.  Here is one way to use these amazing designs on your wall!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

 

 

Daylight Savings Time Life Savers

I have always loved Daylight Savings Time.  The idea of having one extra hour of light every day usually perks me up out of the winter doldrums and gets me ready for spring.  But this year, things are different.  We are a few days in, and I am barely making it through the day!  What’s going on!?

Maybe it’s the fact that Boston weather has gone from 60 degrees to 40 degrees in a matter of hours.  Perhaps it’s seeing my daffodils ready to bloom only to watch them get pummeled with hail!  Whatever the problem, whatever the side of the Daylight Savings Time debate you’re on, the clock rules our lives.  So why not make them beautiful?

Here are some that we love and we hope you do, too.  From tabletop to floor, there’s something for everyone to help keep your time straight!

 

IKEA

IKEA

 

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Infinity Instruments via Wayfair

Infinity Instruments via Wayfair

 

 

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Mercana via Wayfair

Mercana via Wayfair

 

 

What clocks will you be turning back this Daylight Savings Time?  We’re sure they’re gorgeous, too!

Vanity Tables Do Double Duty

“Where can I put on my makeup?”  That’s one of the first questions I get when designing master bedrooms and baths.   Sometimes we can add some space to the vanity, sometimes it’ll go in the bedroom, and most of the time it has the capacity to serve many functions.  Some of these vanities that we love have fun ideas that may just inspire you to change up yours!

 

Try adding a larger tilt mirror to your vanity to serve as a full length mirror.

A Spoonful of Style

A Spoonful of Style

 

 

Makeup table and desk?  Jewelry and lingerie chest?  You pick!

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

I have yet to meet a women that can’t use more drawer space!

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

 

Sometimes all you need is extra counter space in the bathroom.  I have always put my makeup on standing up, so an extra large vanity like this would work for me!

Bravo TV

Bravo TV

 

Decoist

Decoist

 

 

Keep it in the bathroom, but have a seat as well!

HGTV

HGTV

 

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

 

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What vanity works for you?  We would love to see pictures of your favorite ideas!

 

What’s Warm and Cozy and doesn’t have to be Brick?

Ahhh… Winter in New England.  We’ve seen temps go from -4 to 60 degrees in a span of just a few days.  It’s a bit of a ghost town on those cold days, with everyone hunkered down indoors.  What better way to cozy up than by a blazing fire?  Fireplaces can be a great focal point to design your room around.  Here is a little inspiration to help you get started.

 

Just because you have a traditional wood paneled fireplace doesn’t mean that it has to be boring.  Add a little pizazz and go from (yawn!) brown to fun and inviting!

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

I just know there’s water around here somewhere!  Doesn’t this just scream “coastal beach house”?

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House Beautiful

 

 

Sometimes what you put on, above, below, and all around your fireplace is just as important as the fireplace itself!

Hotel Chic

Hotel Chic

 

 

I want to turn this into a pizza oven!

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A little old world sophistication is dramatic!

Roses & Rust

Roses & Rust

 

 

And when less is best…

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

 

 

This is as much a conversation piece as it is a fire, don’t you think?

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Architectural Digest

 

 

I don’t know what makes me smile more, the stone fireplace or the artwork beside it!

Refinery 29

Refinery 29

 

 

Now that’s a “spa”!!!!!!

House to Home

House to Home

 

 

Which fireplace would look best in your home?  Show us your pictures!

Hosting an Impromptu Oscar Party

Just realize the Academy Awards are Sunday night?  Call a few of your friends and host an easy, fun, and festive Oscars party with these great ideas!  I can just see cosmos in those Hollywood glasses, can’t you?  Have fun and enjoy the Oscars!

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

 

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Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

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Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

Birthday Express

Birthday Express

 

 

Sweet Boutique via Sweet Designs

Sweet Boutique via Sweet Designs

 

 

Do you have a favorite award show snack you love to host with?  Share your ideas!

 

 

The Desk is Back and Better Than Ever!

Remember when every new kitchen had a built-in desk?  And every child’s room had one for homework?  Office desks were replaced with “computer tables” and “work stations”.  Once laptop computers became the common mode of communication, desks seemed to take more of a back seat.  I’ve always loved a great desk to work at, and now they’re back in all sizes, styles, and colors.  Here are some of our favorites-  Maybe it’s time to bring one back in your home!?

 

Desks

Sometimes a table is all you need, but a beautiful clear glass silhouette is so much more than just a table!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

A vintage, pretty desk makes work not seem so bad, don’t you think?

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

What a great hidden compartment. I love the mirror!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

What a wonderful piece to really anchor the corner of a room.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Short on space?  This one can double as a book shelf and the extra cabinets can be used for extra storage.

West Elm

West Elm

 

For a modern twist on a traditional classic, I just love the x-bar and finial on this desk.

Global Views

Global Views

 

Love the painted finish on this classic, and of course the metal and stone is a timeless look.

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer a more rustic feel, this desk from PB is perfect!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe for a nook in the kitchen?

Safavieh

Safavieh

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

This smaller style would be perfect for a kid’s room!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

 

Will you bring the desk back into your home?  Do you have any favorite styles?